Retailer Hibbett Sports has increased its earnings outlook for the fiscal year after the company's second quarter profit edged up on last year.

The sports goods chain saw sales go up 13.9% to US$130.3m, with comparable store sales up 5%, in the three months ended 2 August. Net income was $4.8m, up from $4.7m last year.

For the first half, sales were up 11.2% to $276.1m, with comps up 2.4%. Net income for the six months was $14.2m, down on last year's figure of $14.9m.

"Considering the current retail environment, we are pleased with our results for the quarter," said Hibbett CEO Mickey Newsome. "Performance footwear and apparel were key to our sales growth."

He added that the retailer was maintaining mid-single-digit comparable store sales rises for August so far.

Hibbett Sports has raised its earnings outlook for the fiscal year to $0.93-1.03 per diluted share, based on comparable store sales ranging from flat to up 2% during the second half.